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Uni, Snappy Ramen Chef Plans His Own Japanese Restaurant Downtown

Uni, Snappy Ramen Chef Plans His Own Japanese Restaurant Downtown

A veteran of the local Japanese food scene has taken the first steps to open his own place. Chef Youji Iwakura appealed to the licensing board this weekto open Kamakura in downtown Boston.

Iwakura, currently ramen master at Snappy Ramen in Davis Square, has a music degree from Berklee, but owning his own restaurant is a childhood dream. The Japan native learned the ropes of the business with stints as a sushi chef, general manager, bartender, and executive chef at some of Boston’s best-known Japanese restaurants. He was chef de cuisine at Ken Oringer’s Uni, and was the opening chef at Basho in Fenway.